Mr Diarmuid Griffin

LLM, BCL

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
Law
501
Floor 3, Tower 2

T: 091 493256
E: diarmuid.griffin@nuigalway.ie
W: Office Hours: Mon 3 to 5 pm
 
researcher

Biography

Diarmuid Griffin completed his PhD in 2014 at the UCD institute of Criminology. The thesis, 'The Politics of Parole: Discretion and the Life Sentence Prisoner', was an empirical study of the factors influencing parole decision-makers when deliberating on the release of life sentence prisoners. Diarmuid also holds a LL.M. degree in Criminal Justice and a BCL degree from University College Cork as well as a teaching qualification from NUI Galway.  His research has been published in journals such as the British Journal of Criminology and Irish Jurist and he has attracted research funding through the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and the Millennium Fund from NUI Galway. 

Diarmuid's research has impacted on academic and public discourse as well as contributing to public policy.  His research has been cited in numerous international peer-reviewed publications (Law and Social Inquiry; Youth Justice; Public Health) and has been subject to national debate through newspaper articles and radio programmes.  He has contributed to public policy through his role as a consultant and legal expert for FRALEX (advising the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2007-2011), the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (2006-2009), Transparency International Ireland (2006-2008) and the European Forum for Restorative Justice project.

Diarmuid has held visiting scholarships at the University of California, Berkeley (2011) and New York University (2013).  In 2011, he lectured at San Quentin State Prison, as part of the Prison University Project, which higher education to inmates.
Diarmuid lectures Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice at the School of Law.  

Research Interests

Current research interests include: 
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Sentencing and Punishment
  • Life Sentence Prisoners
  • Risk and Criminal Justice. 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'The Release and Recall of Life Sentence Prisoners: Policy, Practice and Politics'
Griffin, D. (2015) 'The Release and Recall of Life Sentence Prisoners: Policy, Practice and Politics'. Irish Jurist, [Details]
(2012) 'The Life Sentence and Parole'
Griffin, D. and O'Donnell, I. (2012) 'The Life Sentence and Parole'. British Journal Of Criminology, 52 (3):611-629 [Details]
(2010) 'Firearm assisted suicide: Legislative, policing and clinical concerns'
Sarma, K, Griffin, D. and Kola, S. (2010) 'Firearm assisted suicide: Legislative, policing and clinical concerns'. Journal Of Forensic And Legal Medicine, 17 (1):33-37 [Details]
(2006) 'Response to Kieran O’Dwyer’s article on restorative justice'
Griffin,D. (2006) 'Response to Kieran O’Dwyer’s article on restorative justice'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 16 (2) [Details]
(2005) 'Restorative justice: A real alternative?'
Griffin, D. (2005) 'Restorative justice: A real alternative?'. Irish Criminal Law Journal, 15 (2) [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'The Politics of Intolerance: Discretion and the Life Sentence in Ireland'
Griffin, D. and O'Donnell, I. (2015) 'The Politics of Intolerance: Discretion and the Life Sentence in Ireland' In: Life Imprisonment and Human Rights. Oxford: Hart. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2007) Young People and Crime
Griffin, D. (2007) Restorative Justice, Diversion and Social Control: Potential Problems . In: Centre for Social and Educational Research eds. Young People and Crime [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2009) Thematic Legal Study on Impact of Race Equality Directive - Ireland.
Griffin, O’Connell, Kenna & Crowley (2009) Thematic Legal Study on Impact of Race Equality Directive - Ireland. EU Fundamental Rights Agency-FRALEX, Vienna. [Details]
(2009) Thematic National Legal Study on Mental Health and Fundamental Rights - Ireland.
Griffin O’Connell, Kenna & O’Mahony (2009) Thematic National Legal Study on Mental Health and Fundamental Rights - Ireland. EU Fundamental Rights Agency-FRALEX, Vienna. [Details]
(2009) Thematic National Legal Study on Rights of Irregular Immigrants in Voluntary and Involuntary Return Procedures - Ireland.
Griffin O’Connell, Kenna & Dewhurst (2009) Thematic National Legal Study on Rights of Irregular Immigrants in Voluntary and Involuntary Return Procedures - Ireland. EU Fundamental Rights Agency-FRALEX, Vienna. [Details]
(2009) Thematic Legal Study on Assessment of Data Protection Measures and Relevant Institutions - Ireland.
Kenna, P. O Connell, D. Griffin, D. Talbot.D. (2009) Thematic Legal Study on Assessment of Data Protection Measures and Relevant Institutions - Ireland. FRALEX, Vienna. [Details]
(2008) Thematic Legal Study on Assessment of Data Protection Measures and Relevant Institutions - Ireland.
Griffin, O’Connell, Kenna & Talbot (2008) Thematic Legal Study on Assessment of Data Protection Measures and Relevant Institutions - Ireland. EU Fundamental Rights Agency-FRALEX, Vienna. [Details]
(2008) Thematic Study on Child Trafficking - Ireland.
Griffin, O’Connell, Kenna & Crowe (2008) Thematic Study on Child Trafficking - Ireland. EU Fundamental Rights Agency-FRALEX, Vienna. [Details]
(2008) Thematic Legal Study on Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation - Ireland.
Griffin, O'Connell and Kenna (2008) Thematic Legal Study on Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation - Ireland. EU Fundamental Rights Agency-FRALEX, Vienna. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2008) 'New crime provisions not a panacea'
Griffin, D (2008) 'New crime provisions not a panacea' Law Society Gazette, 102 (10) . [Details]
(2008) 'Prisons Act 2007'
Griffin, D (2008) 'Prisons Act 2007' Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated, . [Details]
(2007) 'The Irish briber abroad: the bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions'
Griffin, D (2007) 'The Irish briber abroad: the bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions' Commercial Law Practitioner, 14 (6) . [Details]
(2007) 'Will the Ombudsman build confidence in the Gardaí?'
Griffin, D. (2007) 'Will the Ombudsman build confidence in the Gardaí?' Law Society Gazette, 101 (5) . [Details]
(2007) 'Tinkering with due process values: the Criminal Justice Bill 2007'
Griffin, D (2007) 'Tinkering with due process values: the Criminal Justice Bill 2007' Law Society Gazette, . [Details]
(2005) 'Transfer of Execution of Sentences Act 2005'
Griffin, D (2005) 'Transfer of Execution of Sentences Act 2005' Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated, . [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2015) ‘Age, gender and sexual offences: Examining the transition from unlawful carnal knowledge to defilement of a child’.
Griffin, D. (2015) ‘Age, gender and sexual offences: Examining the transition from unlawful carnal knowledge to defilement of a child’. American Conference for Irish Studies, Fort Lauderdale: Conference Paper [Details]
(2015) The Politics of Parole: Discretion and the Life Sentence Prisoner.
Griffin, D. (2015) The Politics of Parole: Discretion and the Life Sentence Prisoner. Stockholm Criminology Symposium: Conference Paper [Details]
(2015) ‘Technology and education in the 21st century: Challenges and opportunities’.
Griffin, D. and McGrath, J. (2015) ‘Technology and education in the 21st century: Challenges and opportunities’. Legal Pedagogy in Transition, University of Limerick: Conference Paper [Details]
(2015) ‘The politics of intolerance: The life sentence in Ireland’.
Griffin, D. and O'Donnell, I. (2015) ‘The politics of intolerance: The life sentence in Ireland’. Human Rights and Life Imprisonment, Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Bilbao: Conference Paper [Details]
(2015) ‘Gender, Pregnancy and the Age of Consent: The Irish Experience in Historical Perspective’.
Griffin, D. (2015) ‘Gender, Pregnancy and the Age of Consent: The Irish Experience in Historical Perspective’. Centre for Irish and Irish-American Studies, New York University: Conference Paper [Details]
(2012) The new ‘ultimate penalty’: The increase in use of the life sentence.
Griffin (2012) The new ‘ultimate penalty’: The increase in use of the life sentence. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Resisting punitiveness, resisting Europe: The case of the life-sentence prisoner in Ireland.
Griffin (2011) Resisting punitiveness, resisting Europe: The case of the life-sentence prisoner in Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]
(2010) Examining decision-making in the Irish parole process.
Griffin (2010) Examining decision-making in the Irish parole process. Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) Restorative justice: A real alternative?. Huston School of Film and Digital Media, Alternatives to prison: Pushing for policy change.
Griffin, D. (2009) Restorative justice: A real alternative?. Huston School of Film and Digital Media, Alternatives to prison: Pushing for policy change. Conference Paper [Details]
(2009) “Restorative Justice: the case for measured scepticism,”. United Arab Emirates Ministry of Justice conference on alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice.
Griffin, D. (2009) “Restorative Justice: the case for measured scepticism,”. United Arab Emirates Ministry of Justice conference on alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) “Parole in Ireland: Origins, developments and prospects for the 21st century,”. 8th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology.
Griffin, D. (2008) “Parole in Ireland: Origins, developments and prospects for the 21st century,”. 8th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Edinburgh: Conference Paper [Details]
(2008) Parole in Ireland: Origins, developments and prospects for the 21st century. The 8th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology.
Griffin, D. (2008) Parole in Ireland: Origins, developments and prospects for the 21st century. The 8th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Edinburgh: Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) The Impact of Restorative Justice on the Stakeholders in the Criminal Process in Ireland. The Stockholm Criminology Symposium hosted by the International Society of Criminology and the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, Recognising Knowledge to Reduce Crime and Injustice.
Griffin, D. (2006) The Impact of Restorative Justice on the Stakeholders in the Criminal Process in Ireland. The Stockholm Criminology Symposium hosted by the International Society of Criminology and the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, Recognising Knowledge to Reduce Crime and Injustice. Stockholm: Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) Critical Issues in Restorative Justice. Law Reform Commission.
Griffin, D. (2006) Critical Issues in Restorative Justice. Law Reform Commission. Dublin: Conference Paper [Details]
(2006) “The Impact of Restorative Justice on the Stakeholders in the Criminal Process in Ireland”. The Stockholm Criminology Symposium hosted by the International Society of Criminology and the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.
Griffin, D. (2006) “The Impact of Restorative Justice on the Stakeholders in the Criminal Process in Ireland”. The Stockholm Criminology Symposium hosted by the International Society of Criminology and the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention. Stockholm: Conference Paper [Details]
(2005) Restorative Justice, Diversion and Social Control.
Griffin, D. (2005) Restorative Justice, Diversion and Social Control. Dublin: Conference Paper [Details]
(2005) Hitting Criminals in their Pockets: Lessons for Europe on the Irish Experience of Civil Forfeiture. The Fifth Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology.
Griffin, D. (2005) Hitting Criminals in their Pockets: Lessons for Europe on the Irish Experience of Civil Forfeiture. The Fifth Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Cracow: Conference Paper [Details]
(2005) Hitting Criminals in their Pockets: Lessons for Europe on the Irish Experience of Civil Forfeiture. The Fifth Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Challenges for European Integration, Challenges for Criminology.
Griffin, D. (2005) Hitting Criminals in their Pockets: Lessons for Europe on the Irish Experience of Civil Forfeiture. The Fifth Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Challenges for European Integration, Challenges for Criminology. Cracow: Conference Paper [Details]

Invited papers

  Year Publication
(2008) A critique of restorative justice. United Arab Emirates Ministry of Justice conference on alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice.
Griffin, D. (2008) A critique of restorative justice. United Arab Emirates Ministry of Justice conference on alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice. Abu Dhabi: Invited papers [Details]
(2006) “Critical Issues in Restorative Justice,”. Law Reform Commission Law Reform Commission, Ireland.
Griffin, D. (2006) “Critical Issues in Restorative Justice,”. Law Reform Commission Law Reform Commission, Ireland. Invited papers [Details]

Invited Seminars

  Year Publication
(2009) Parole developments in the United States and United Kingdom. Prison Law Seminar - The Parole Process, hosted by the Irish Penal Reform Trust, the Irish Criminal Bar Association and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association.
Griffin, D. (2009) Parole developments in the United States and United Kingdom. Prison Law Seminar - The Parole Process, hosted by the Irish Penal Reform Trust, the Irish Criminal Bar Association and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. Invited Seminars [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
(2015) ‘Graham Dwyer sentencing: The judge has no discretion in imposing life’.
Griffin, D. (2015) ‘Graham Dwyer sentencing: The judge has no discretion in imposing life’. Irish Times: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2014) ‘Why does ‘life’ mean much longer in prison?’.
Griffin, D. (2014) ‘Why does ‘life’ mean much longer in prison?’. Irish Times: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2013) Reinvigorating the Case Method by Giving Students Ownership Irish Times (13 May 2013), 7.
McGrath, J. and Griffin, D. (2013) Reinvigorating the Case Method by Giving Students Ownership Irish Times (13 May 2013), 7. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2007) Some offenders can be dealt with outside prison system.
Griffin (2007) Some offenders can be dealt with outside prison system. Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2006) Nally verdict should not detract from importance of jury trials.
Griffin (2006) Nally verdict should not detract from importance of jury trials. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Teaching Interests


Current teaching duties includes:

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice.